Jackknifed semi on I-70 causes delays; CDOT offering tire checks today
A semi truck jackknifed Tuesday morning into the ditch along eastbound Interstate 70 near New Castle, causing traffic to back up for a period of time during the morning commute.
No highway closures or major delays were reported by Colorado Department of Transportation, but safety officials advise to be prepared for the return of winter driving conditions.
The accident serves as a reminder that winter is hardly over in the mountains, so CDOT and Big O Tires are collaborating until 6 p.m. today to educate drivers about winter tires and provide free tire checks at the Glenwood Springs Mall to inform drivers whether their tires are safe and fulfill requirements of Colorado’s traction law.
When in effect, the traction law calls for all vehicles to have snow tires, mud/snow tires or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must have a minimum 1/8-inch tread. Failure to comply with the law can result in fines ranging from $130 to $650.
“As Coloradans know, winter driving conditions are not limited to winter — snow can fall and cause challenging driving well into spring,” said Bob Wilson, Director of Communications for CDOT. “It’s never too late to invest in tires to ensure your car is safe to drive on icy and snow-packed roads. It’s better to prepare your vehicle late in the season than not at all.”
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